Recent Posts by Sonia Hutton-Taylor

Setting career goals as a sessional GP

In the career review workbook I use as mandatory preparation for all career discussions, one page is all about goal-setting. Yet I don't call it 'the goal-setting page'. Sneaky huh? Why have it there at all, and why not call it what it really is? Latter question first... why do I avoid calling it anything…
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Putting it off today

Is procrastination limiting 
your career enjoyment? Are you procrastinating about anything? The chances are that you are. We all do it. I have a small pile of rotting vegetables near my back door that needs to go onto the compost heap, yet I put off doing it (psychoanalyse that one if you dare!) and I…
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Letting go

In Sonia's final article on the top skills for general practice, we learn how to handle inevitable change. GPs are often bombarded with both overt and subliminal messages to carry on, keep on achieving, keep on working (often well beyond what is sustainable for the individual longer term) and generally not give up. The mortgage…
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How to approach a career re-evaluation

When a career has reached a plateau, a dead end or a crossroads, it can be a very stressful and frustrating time. There is a tendency to go around in circles or vacillate for some considerable time, occasionally even decades. It can be hard to share career concerns with colleagues and family may not understand…
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I don’t know

Feeling comfortable with this statement is a key skill in general practice. Not every doctor finds it easy to say, but the more one can state it, the more one can use it as a career planning or appraisal tool. "I don't know" is a useful phrase. Whether patients like it or not is another…
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